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	of procuring a supply of cutlasses, for the purpose of storming
	probably they contemplated this.     February 1861.

[newspaper clipping continued]
he has done�to the surprise and indignation of
Charleston.  But it by no means follows that he is
desirous of �setting a bloody mark upon the busi-
ness� by cannonading its citizens.  It is very gene-
rally supposed that the attempt on the part of the
military in Fort Moultrie to replace the damaged
guns leveled at Fort Sumpter by effective ones
will bring this to the test.

[Gunn�s diary continued]
This night, I was
up in the Courier of-
fice with the following
persons; Carlyle of
whom I have spoken previously; Dr Bird,
his brother-in-law, the mildest and most gentle-
manly of ex clergymen; Colt, Lindsay, (ano-
ther agent for the sale of arms of whom plenty
anon) and others.     There was an expedition on
foot to go cruising about the bay, on the look
out off Fort Sumter, which I obtained an
invitation to shore.   The captain of the Aiken,
one Captain Coste, had been in the U. S.
revenue service, and recently seceding, his ves-
sel had been summarily appropriated by the
South Carolinian leaders of the revolution.  He,
Coste, was a small man, with grizzled hair
and a terrier-like look, not a lovely person by
any means, I should have called him a bad
style of conceited Southerner.   He boasted of
having been a �nullifier� in Jackson�s time,
and made his appearance in a naval cap with
a palmetto tree, in silver, upon it and a rifle-
gun slung in a belt, as though he were going
a shooting.    With this hero, then, with Colt,
Lindsay, O�Bryan, (an employee in the Tele-
graph office, a thinnish-featured, black-haired,               
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